The FA looks to increase LGB&T coaching representation
The Football Association has launched an initiative to get more Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans (LGB&T) people involved in coaching football.
The FA, in conjunction with Surrey County Football Association and Pride Sports, the UK’s LGB&T sports development and equity organisation, is offering a residential course for budding LGB&T coaches to achieve their first coaching qualification.
Funke Awoderu, The FA’s Equality Manager, explains: “This initiative is one part of The FA’s LGB&T Action Plan, Opening Doors & Joining In, launched in February, which addresses a range of issues from reporting abuse to education on LGB&T inclusion and wider representation in the game”
The residential course 24 – 27 August, hosted by Surrey County FA at beautiful Grafham Grange, is being offered to LGB&T people at a bargain price of £130 and includes accommodation and all workshops required to achieve the qualification in a single weekend.
Caroline McRoyall, County Development Manager at Surrey County FA, said: “We’re so pleased to be the first County FA to be rolling out this initiative.
“There is clearly a need to do more to get LGB&T people involved in football as coaches and this course is a first step to realising that goal.
“Surrey was recently the first County FA to achieve the preliminary level of the Equality Standard for Sport, so we really see this as part of a wider commitment to inclusion.”
Pride Sports is one partner working with The FA on their action to engage more LGB&T people in football. Alongside the Justin Campaign, Pride Sports has been delivering a pilot programme of training to staff and volunteers from County Football Associations.
Lou Englefield, Pride Sports Director, commented: “This is a great opportunity for LGB&T people to get involved in football.
“There are some fantastic LGB&T coaches already working in the community, but we’ve still got some way to go to let the community know that they are welcome in football.
“I’m really pleased the FA has taken this step to do something proactive to recruit LGB&T people into the UK’s largest sport.”
To register on the Level 1 Coaching Course, please click here. Places are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.